The Verizon Center setting, a rather familiar one for Georgetown guard Jason Clark. His primary sparring partner - Syracuse's Scoop Jardine - also a blast from the recent past.
Yet just about everything else on Tuesday afternoon reminded the NBA hopeful how times are a changing. Like his fellow graduation seniors, Clark hitting the streets or in this case, the hardwood looking for a job.The combo guard with go-go gadget arms and a perimeter touch joined five other draft prospects including Kentucky's Darius Miller and Florida State's Bernard James on the Wizards practice court for a pre-draft workout. Its kind of weird coming in this arena and not having on a Georgetown jersey, Clark said. Its weird, but Im willing to work hard to try to play here again.Including the Wizards a team in need of additional backcourt depth - Clark has worked out for three teams including the Heat and Spurs. More interested squads to come, starting with the Bulls on Friday, heading up to the June 28 draft.
These workouts carry weight as teams have the opportunity to size up a prospects skills, personality and well, size. Unlike his invited teammates Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson, Clark did not have a similar opportunity at last week's cattle call also known as the NBA combine.Im not going to say its all politics, Clark said. But theres a lot of things that go into getting invited to the combine. Im not worried about that I didnt get into the combine. Im just going to work my tail off to try to get drafted.The 6-foot-2 Clark and fellow senior Jardine were the only two small guards on hand for this workout session. They needed no introductions.We played against each other for four years, Jardine said. Today was just like I was on the road playing against Georgetown on their own court, hitting big shots and talking to their fans.Clark said, We were just talking about the games that we played against each other, how exciting they were. He always brags about they beat us more.Indeed Georgetown lost 5 of 8 games to its biggest rival over the past four years, with two games going to overtime, including last seasons heart-breaker in Syracuse. That was then. A new day in Clark playing career has dawned. The senior leader scored topped the Hoyas in scoring last season, but he's prepared for a different role on the next level."Playing defense, making hustle plays, knocking down open shots. I know my role is not going to be coming in and score, I know that," Clark said. "Some guys don't know that, but I know my role is going to be come in and compete. There is nobody that can out work me."With the opportunity comes stress and pressure, but Clark is savoring every moment."This is a blessing. Even if I don't get drafted, don't make a team, not everybody gets a chance to do this, the Arlington native said.Just do not infer thatstatementmeanshe's just happyto try out for the NBA. Jason Clark believes he belongs."I know I can make somebody's team," Clark said. Notes...The Wizards confirmed Kansas power forward and D.C. native Thomas Robinsonwill workout for the team on Wednesday, along with forwards Al'Lonzo Coleman (Presbyterian) and Kevin Thompson (Morgan State)...James, a 27-year old center from Florida State, said he received workout pointers from former college teammate and Wizards forward Chris Singleton, The 6-foot-10 James isprojected into the middle of the second round according to the website Draft Express. The Wizards own two second-round picks,number 32 and 46overall...Duke's athletic forward Miles Plumlee and Iowa swingman Matt Gatens also worked out. Plumlee is also a projected second-round selectio